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Emer McHugh

Writer, academic, and educator specialising in Shakespeare, early modern performance studies, gender and sexuality, and celebrity.

Emer McHugh recently obtained her PhD from the O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway, and is also a graduate of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Her doctoral research focused on Irish Shakespeare performance, gender, sexuality, and national identity. Her research interests center around early modern performance studies; Shakespeare and Ireland; gender and sexuality studies; theatre and celebrity culture; and histories of actors, acting, and acting practices. She has contributed to outlets such as RTÉ BrainstormWomen Are BoringThe Shakespeare Standard, Shakespeare in Ireland, and Reviewing Shakespeare. She has taught at both NUI Galway and University College Dublin. 

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Are We Traumatizing People?
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Are We Traumatizing People?

9 July 2019

Emer McHugh and Jess R. Pfeffer discuss Hamlet’s nunnery scene, how gendered violence onstage is often about the perpetrator’s character development, problematic assaults on TV, and more.